Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements

July 19, 2018: Federal Register (full link below)

Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice of funding opportunity which details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program

Applications are due not later than 5:00 pm EDT on September 17, 2018.

Overview: This program provides a comprehensive solution to leverage private, state and local investments to support safety enhancements and general improvements to infrastructure for both intercity passenger and freight railroads. The U.S. rail network is central to the success of the American economy, carrying more than 1.6 billion tons of freight valued at nearly $600 billion annually, and over 31.3 million passengers on intercity rail passenger transportation services. Both services primarily operate over privately-owned and maintained infrastructure, allowing for strong private, capital market investment that generates public benefit, including public-private partnerships among other models.

The Department is committed to addressing the unmet transportation infrastructure needs of rural areas. Underinvestment in rural transportation systems has allowed a slow and steady decline in the transportation routes that connect rural American communities to each other and to the rest of the country, fraying the fabric of American interconnectivity. A majority of the nation’s rail route miles are in rural America. Investment is necessary to grow rural economies, facilitate freight movement, improve access to reliable and affordable transportation options and enhance health access and safety for residents.

Eligible applicants include:

  1. A State;
  2. A group of States;
  3. An Interstate Compact;
  4. A public agency or publicly chartered authority established by one or more States;
  5. A political subdivision of a State;
  6. Amtrak or another Rail Carrier that provides Intercity Rail Passenger Transportation
  7. A Class II railroad or Class III railroad
  8. Any Rail Carrier or rail equipment manufacturer in partnership with at least one of the entities listed in a-e above;
  9. The Transportation Research Board together with any entity with which it contracts in the development of rail-related research;
  10. A University transportation center engaged in rail-related research;

A non-profit labor organization representing a class or craft of employees of Rail Carriers or Rail Carrier contractors.

Please view the full federal notice here: